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PARENT VOLUNTEERS ‘We loved camp so much we joined Scouting’ THE GREAT ESCAPE Why being under canvas is good for you

PRACTICAL POINTERS Tips for planning your next camp

YOUR TE E L P M O C E UK ID GdU es the 2012 Inclu rectory i d e t i s p m a c

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Whether you’re busy planning your next camp, or looking for some inspiration to get you started, we hope you’ll find plenty of ideas in your exclusive camping and equipment guide. As every Scout leader knows, good teamwork is vital for a successful camping experience. So getting plenty of help and support from your Group’s mums and dads could make all the difference to your next camp – and making sure they have a brilliant time on camp can help convert occasional volunteers into brand-new Scouting champions. We look at why camping is good for all the family in ‘It’s great outdoors’ on page 4, while in ‘Why we loved camp’ (page 6) mums and dads share the experiences that inspired them to join Scouting. On page 8, you’ll find our ‘Happy campers’ action plan with all the tips and advice you need to engage helpers before, during and after camp. Wishing you and your Scouts many happy camping experiences in 2012 and beyond!

Tips from the team Hilary Galloway Editor: ‘There’s nothing worse than soggy toilet paper on camp. Cut down a large plastic drinks bottle and cut a slit through the side to pass the sheet of paper through.’

Ian Hart Art Director: ‘Don’t worry about your appearance – after a few days, everyone you’re with is just as dirty and smelly as you are, so nobody cares!’

Marion Thompson Senior Sub-editor: ‘Toy cricket stumps make great welly sticks to help keep your boots dry overnight.’

Laura McManus Adult Support Programme and Development Adviser: ‘Don’t get so bogged down in organising your camp that you forget to have fun! Get to know your parent volunteers and engage them with Scouting.’

Matthew De Abaitua The Art of Camping author: ‘You can’t do better than “Be Prepared”. We prepare all our gear and food before we go, freeze milk so it lasts longer and bring clothes for all weathers.’

Claire Sargent Writer: ‘Always keep track of where your torch is. That way you have at least some chance of finding everything else. Go for one you can easily fasten to the roof of your tent.’

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Published by The Scout Association. To advertise in next year’s camping guide, or future issues of Scouting magazine, call Richard Ellacott on 020 8962 1250


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s a Scout leader, you probably need no introduction to the joys of camp life. But what makes life under canvas such a special experience? ‘It’s a holiday in a different state of mind,’ says Matthew De Abaitua, author of The Art of Camping. ‘A break from four walls, domestic routine, the screen and the way of thinking that comes with being indoors.’ The rewards of a Scout camp for young people are obvious. ‘From a Beaver Scout spending their first night away from home, to an Explorer Scout completing their 100th night away, there are many great benefits to camp – including a sense of independence, the excitement of spending time with friends and more time for extended activities,’ says Laura McManus, Programme and Development Adviser (Adult Support). But it’s not just young people who reap the rewards – adults can benefit from the adventure too.

Back to nature

Camping gives us all an opportunity to connect with the great outdoors. Studies show that being in natural environments stimulates social interaction and cooperation between young people, helps develop autonomy and buffers the impact of stress. ‘Children love camping for the freedom it gives them,’ says Matthew. ‘They make the countryside into their playground. And even children can’t break nature!’ Indeed, there’s increasing evidence to show that we all benefit from spending

time outdoors. As little as five minutes outside has been shown to have a positive effect on mood. ‘When I’m outside all day and night, I think only of the tasks required by camp, of meals and campfires, and walks in the woods. I remember what it is to be truly alive and in the moment,’ says Matthew.

Ouality time

Camping has plenty of other emotional benefits for adults too. One recent survey found that more than half of parents don’t feel they have enough quality time as a family – so for many mums and dads, going on camp can be a good way to connect with their children and share new experiences. ‘Parents we have spoken to about attending a camp really relish spending time with their child, doing things they wouldn’t usually get to do and enjoying themselves,’ says Laura. Celebrity parents such as Blur musician Alex James and television presenter Sarah Beeny make no secret of their love of camping. And with explorers like our own Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, bringing the thrills of outdoor adventure right into our living rooms, it seems that sleeping under the stars has never been more popular. ‘The fashion for camping comes and goes, but I think this time it’s here to stay,’ says Matthew. So what better time to invite mums and dads to get involved in your next camp?


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Parents involved

New skills

Going on Scout camp can give your Group’s parents the opportunity to gain new experiences and skills. Many helpers report that the confidence and people skills they gain are invaluable in other areas of their life and work. And Laura stresses that they needn’t be camping experts to have fun. ‘All parents can help on camp – no experience or skills are necessary, so long as there is a tent they can borrow and someone to show them how to put it up!’ she says. ‘In fact, probably the best ingredient for a fantastic camping experience is a positive attitude, as Julia, a parent who attended 5th Carmarthen Scout Group camp, told us, “The more you put into it, the more you get out”.’

Camps are the best way to recruit more parents into Scouting – around 2,500 parents have become more active in the Movement after going on a camp. So how do you get them involved? Think about the parents already on your rota who you’d like to get more involved – what roles could you offer them at camp? Also, don’t forget to invite previous helpers back. Target parents who haven’t helped before. Spend time chatting to them after meetings to find out about their availability, skills and level of interest, and be sure to invite them along to camp. Download posters, flyers and invites to promote your camp from the Big Adventure section of the Print Centre: Wow potential recruits with a meeting showing them how brilliant camp can be. You and your Group could screen a video or slideshow of your last camp, or clips from the Scouts TV YouTube channel.


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The right role

Parents tend to get more out of camp if they have a clearly defined role – here’s how to help them find it: Plan ahead: ‘We had a meeting before camp where the leaders asked us what we were interested in,’ says Katie. ‘They were quite careful where they put you, gave us a schedule and were happy to explain what we were doing, so I didn’t feel at all worried before camp.’ Find out everyone’s skill: ‘Not everyone thinks they’ve got practical skills, but I bet there’s something they’re good at, whether that’s organising, cooking, shopping or driving,’ says Chris. ‘There are loads of different things to get involved in.’ Follow up: Camp can be hectic, so catch up with parents to see how they’re getting on with their role, be flexible about who does what and be supportive: ‘Our Cub Scout Leader, Karen, is super-organised, so everyone knew what they were doing, and she managed to schedule in some free time for the parents,’ says Andy.

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Before you go

Meet up Involve parents by inviting them to

any planning meetings you’re having, and be ready to listen to their views. Make sure they’re clear about camp rules – agree them at the meeting if you like, so everyone feels they’ve had a say. Sort out your admin At a meeting before camp to familiarise helpers with the child protection policy, give them a copy of the ‘Young People First’ code of good practice (Yellow Card), and ensure any new volunteers have filled out an Occasional Helper form. Don’t forget to get additional insurance cover for extra helpers through Unity (Scout Insurance Services; Do a kit list Give your helpers a list of useful gear to bring along, and be on hand to help them track down or borrow anything they’re missing.

At camp

Be welcoming Take the time to introduce

new helpers at the start of camp, and give them their own Group scarf, so that the young people know to treat them like any other leader. Name badges can be useful, too. If you’re planning a Grand Howl or other traditional activity, teach it to the rookies so they won’t feel left out. Delegate Don’t fall into the trap of doing everything yourself, but make the most of having volunteers on hand to help. You can use your new-found free time to chat to them about Scouting – if you’re positive and enthusiastic, you’re likely to inspire them, too. Stay in touch If you have a lot of adult helpers to look after, you might want to team each new volunteer up with a buddy to show them the ropes. Or ask one leader to be responsible for looking after all the new adults and make sure they’re having fun.


Say thank you A personal message of thanks will make new helpers feel valued and encourage them to do more. Why not send them a photo of themselves at camp, or get the young people to make a card or gift? Learn from the camp Get together with the other leaders after camp to share feedback on the parents who helped, what they enjoyed and how they might get involved in the future. Follow up Try to arrange a one-to-one meeting with every parent within two months of camp. Find out how they got on and ask if they’d like to volunteer again. Get planning another camp, social event or review meeting so you’ve got something to interest them in. Keep some Change of Role forms handy, in case they want to switch from Occasional Helpers to a more formal role. Camp at a Scout Activity Centre

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Burton upon Trent

Needwood Forest Scout Campsite


Centrally heated, fully equipped, 28 bed building, plus 2 acres woodland & 2 acres field. Central to Peak District National Park. Cannock Chase, Alton Towers, Waterworld, Drayton Manor Park, Snowdome and Twycross Zoo.

Looking for a base to explore Snowdonia? Look no further!

Campsite + bunkhouses. Hot and cold showers and toilets. Scouts welcome.

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For full details telephone Brian Reeves 01283 546536

Visit ‘The Old School Lodge’ - Deiniolen Four miles from Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon this Scout owned and managed lodge is suitable for all ages. The centre can accommodate up to 38 people in 8 en-suite bunk rooms and 2 twin bedded rooms. Resident warden. For details on prices and a booking form visit out site: or contact the booking secretary on 0151 632 4943


Rhos-y-Gwaliau Outdoor Education Centre Snowdonia National Park, North Wales


60 bed centre for hire. Prices from £15pppn Full board and a wide range of activities available. Tel: 01678 520395 Email:


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SOUTH WEST CHELWOOD SCOUT CAMPSITE - SOMERSET If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful, traditional Camp Site with flush toilets and water points you have found it. We have 30 secluded acres surrounded by woodland on the edge of the Mendip Hills. Ideally situated for Britsol, Bath, Westonsuper-Mare, with opportunites for caving, climbing and canoeing within half an hours drive. Wood supplies available as well as a barn for alternative wet weather cover. Full details: Barrie Dunn - Warden, Chelwood Camp Site, 1st Keynsham Scouts, Orchard House, 20 Chandag Road, KEYNSHAM, Bristol BS31 1NR Tel: 0117 986 3791 • Fax: 0117 986 8068


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